Proportions : the creation of order

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Nix, Jerome T.
Laseau, Paul, 1937-
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Thesis (B. Arch.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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PROPORTIONS: THE CREATION OF ORDER Proportions, as an instrument of design, can introduce order and harmony into architecture. Proportions establish a consistent set of visual relationships between the parts of a building as well as between the parts and their whole. Proportions open up a way of seeing, feeling and thinking about spaces shapes and their contents. Perhaps, these relationships may not be immediately perceived by the casual observer, however, the visual order they create can be sensed or even recognized through a series of repetitive experiences. It is therefore possible to define the objective of architectural proportions as the creation of visual order by the rhythm and repetition of similar shapes.As with any instrument or principle, the user has to understand its potential, he must be free to exercise his own choices and input his own ideas, which in the end are the arbiters of his success. For these their is no substitute. The tool or architectural project that I will be using to test my research is a school for environmental design. I felt it was important to choose a project in which the users can understand and appreciate the beauty and complexity created from the implementation of a proportioning system.